DNRC helicopter crashes responding to Deep Creek Fire

DNRC helicopter crashes responding to Deep Creek Fire
Posted at 8:13 PM, Jun 15, 2021

HELENA — The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) confirmed Tuesday evening that a DNRC helicopter incident happened while responding to the Deep Creek Fire in Townsend, MT on June 15, 2021 at approximately 5:00 pm.

While en route to the Helibase, the aircraft experienced a hard landing that resulted in a fire. Video from the Broadwater Reportershowed flames and thick black smoke coming from the wreckage.

All personnel on board were able to safely exit the aircraft and are being assessed by medical staff at both the Billings Clinic Broadwater in Townsend and St. Peter’s Health in Helena. There were five personnel on board.

The crash happened in front of a Montana Highway Patrol trooper who helped get the crew out of harm’s way. The DNRC says further details will become available as they investigate the incident.